The Man Behind The Table: 10 Facts About The Periodic Table Of Element’s Dmitri Mendeleev

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Born on the 8th of February, 1834 in Tobolsk, Russia, Dmitri Mendeleev was a Russian scientist famous for his work in the field of chemistry, most especially the creation of the Periodic Table of Elements; one of the greatest inventions in the world of science to date. His discovery of the periodic law and his contributions in chemistry has made him one of the most significant figures in Russia’s history. To learn more about the man behind the table, here are 10 facts you’d want to know about Dmitri Mendeleev:

Fact 1: Dmitri Mendeleev was a Russian chemist famous for the creation of the Periodic Table of Elements. He was so deeply passionate about chemistry that he wanted to devise a system that would make the subject more organized. Viola, the Periodic Table of Elements was born! Through the table, Mendeleev was able to predict the existence of new periodic elements. Once these elements were discovered and his theory was proven, his name in science textbooks was assured.

Fact 2: The chemist’s discovery of the Periodic law and his creation of the table of elements produced one of the most iconic symbols of science to date. Almost everyone who glances upon the table recognizes what it is. To date, there are 118 elements listed on the tabular chart, arranged by atomic number.

Fact 3: It didn’t take long for Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev to build a reputation as a formidable scientist who was exceptional in several fields of science including Spectroscopy as well as the capillary action of liquids. By 1864 he was appointed lead professor at the prestigious Saint Petersburg Technological Institute. The following year, he became a professor at Saint Petersburg State University.

Fact 4: His father went blind at an early age and passed away when Mendeleev was only 13 years old. His mother, left with 16 children to feed, decided to continue the business his father started. She reopened the glass factory and began operation for 2 years until it burned down in a tragic fire. Dmitri was 15 years old at the time.

Fact 5: The scientist suffered from tuberculosis and often had to work from bed. Despite this, he was able to publish outstanding research papers and was popular among colleagues and other students during his time receiving an education at his father’s old college in Saint Petersburg.

Fact 6: Dmitri Mendeleev was a fan of facial hair and a long head of hair. He liked to keep them long and often only consented to have a trim once a year! Imagine all the soup that gets lost in his beard every time he had some for dinner!

Fact 7: Mendeleev is credited for bringing the metric system to Russia and became the country’s director of weights and measures. There’s even an institution named after him called the D. Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology of Russia. There’s also a memorial named after him found within Saint Petersburg University. And oh, a crater on the moon is named after him too. No big deal.

Fact 8: The scientist’s life didn’t solely revolve around work alone. He found love twice. He married his first wife, Feozva Nikitichna Leshcheva, in 1862 and had a second marriage to Anna Ivanova Popova in 1882. He has six children from both marriages.

Fact 9: Dmitri Mendeleev is the proud recipient of the grand Copley Medal form the Royal Society of England, as well as honorary awards from Oxford and Cambridge. The scientist is internationally recognized around the world for his contributions within the field of chemistry and is known as the Father of the Periodic Table of Elements.

Fact 10: When Mendeleev passed away on the 2nd of February, 1907, his funeral took place in Saint Petersburg. To honor their professor, his students carried a large copy of his greatest achievement, the periodic table, in honor of his work. He passed away at the age of 72.

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